USA places Hamas chief Haniya on terror blacklist

Hamas Chief Ismail Haniyeh delivers a speech over Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in Gaza City

The United States has designated the political leader of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas as a terrorist and imposed sanctions on him. "Hamas has been responsible for an estimated 17 American lives killed in terrorist attacks".

Gaza City: The US decision to put the head of Hamas on its terror blacklist on Wednesday will not deter the group's "resistance" to Israel, the movement said.

At the same time, the USA also added three groups to its list terrorist blacklist, including the Iranian-backed Harakat al-Sabireen, and two Egyptian groups, Liwa al-Thawra and Harakat Sawa'd Misr.

The Treasury Department also added Haniyeh to its sanctions blacklist that freezes any USA -based assets he might have and bans any individual or company from engaging in business transactions with him.

Hamas, which has been on a United States terror blacklist since 1997, brushed off the announcement as a "failed attempt to pressure the resistance".

Other Hamas officials, including the group's Gaza leader, are also on the list.

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On Wednesday, the US State Department officially named Ismail Haniyeh, who has been Hamas' political chief since May 2017, a "Specially Designated Global Terrorist" (SDGT).

The terror designations "seek to deny Ismail Haniyeh, Harakat al-Sabireen, Liwa al Thawra, and HASM the resources they need to plan and carry out further terrorist attacks", the State Department said.

Alami was described by the Post as a Hamas "hard-liner" who supported the group's "ties with Iran". Born in a refugee camp in Gaza, the leader has always been seen as pragmatic and flexible in his attitudes towards Israel, and support for a Palestinian state alongside the Israeli one. Hamas leader had expressed their support for forces fighting against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

They include President Donald Trump's December 6 announcement that the USA would move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel's capital, Jerusalem.

"We reject and condemn the decision and we see it as a reflection of the domination by a gang of Zionists of the American decision", he said.

He said the announcement "crossed every red line" and called on Palestinians to resist it: "This Zionist policy supported by the U.S. can not be confronted unless we ignite a new intifada".

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